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    Default good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    i am thinking that a distortion pedal would be better than an overdrive since i dont have tubes. i am wanting a clear, sparkly, detailed overdrive sound from the distortion pedal.

    i play a strat with fat 50's into a peavey backstage plus. also, i am soon to replace the stock speaker.(most likely an eminence copperhead or ragin cajun)
    i actually like the sound of the boss sd1 and od3 pedals into tube amps. how would they sound into my peavey?

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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    Best dirt pedal I've ever tried was a Mesa V Twin. It has pretty great clean tones too, BTW.
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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    thats way outta my price range.

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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    it might not be as sparkly on the high end as you might want, but an mxr distortion III(or classic distortion if you can find one, same pedal rehoused and cheaper) will have a very tube-like response and sound as far as some of the lower-priced dirt pedals go.
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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    I'd like to get the Fender Bassman pedal from Boss. I was skeptical at first, but it's AWESOME! The guy at the store put it through some Peavey solid state practice amp (ugly tone!) and I was floored by how it completely made the character of that amp warm AND sparkling bright like a real tube amp. It even has a "bright" input like the real amp that does pretty much what you're saying. Imagining it through my Ampeg B-100 (a MUCH better amp) makes certain things get swollen!

    The Catalinbread Formula #5 is another "tweed" type pedal that kicks my butt.

    If you're looking for affordable, find a Danelectro Pastrami mini-pedal. I bought it for $20 and wasn't expecting that much, but it's great and has a lot of bite and brightness to it. Pinch harmonics are killer, but it also have a loose bass response that has a "British" character to it.

    I just don't get into Boss' distortion pedals. They just sound sterile and 80's metal to me, unless that's what you're going for. Some pedals like the Bassman, cross over between overdrive and distortion in the way it should be. I mean, isn't "distortion" supposed to sound like tubes that are on the verge of shattering?

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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    I think your best bet is going to be trying the pedals with your amp and your guitar. Solid-state amps can be very finicky about how they take pedals.

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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    Try a Barber Dirty Bomb, or a Direct Drive if you don't want heavy distortion.
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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    boss sd1 is fine and they are not very expensive, but they work best as a kinda dirty boost into a tube amp. If you want sparkly and detailed then a boss blues driver may be better suited to what you have described. Another one that would sound good without too much cash is an MXR classic overdrive which is very much like a sd1 or tubescreamer but has a little more treble detail and gain on tap.

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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    The MI Audio Crunch Box is an excellent choice in its price range.

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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    HAO Rust Driver should be your first port of call. It's tailor-made for your situation and sounds really good. The only potential "problem" is that the Rust Driver has a set distortion depth.

    A couple of test clips I made using the Rust Driver:

    http://soundcloud.com/ant01/rust-driver-arpeggios

    http://soundcloud.com/ant01/rust-driver-modes
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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    I like the old DOD pedals myself. I've never had any problems with solid state amps/tube amps with pedals. They're all amplifiers.

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    Default Re: good distortion pedal for solid state amp

    Quote Originally Posted by gibson175 View Post
    boss sd1 is fine and they are not very expensive, but they work best as a kinda dirty boost into a tube amp. If you want sparkly and detailed then a boss blues driver may be better suited to what you have described. Another one that would sound good without too much cash is an MXR classic overdrive which is very much like a sd1 or tubescreamer but has a little more treble detail and gain on tap.
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